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Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

G | | Drama, Romance | May 1954 (USA)
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Three American women working in Rome, Italy, share a spacious apartment and the desire to find love and marriage, each experiencing a few bumps in their journeys to romance.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

John Patrick (screen play), John H. Secondari (from a novel by)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clifton Webb ... John Frederick Shadwell
Dorothy McGuire ... Miss Frances
Jean Peters ... Anita Hutchins
Louis Jourdan ... Prince Dino di Cessi
Maggie McNamara ... Maria Williams
Rossano Brazzi ... Giorgio Bianchi
Howard St. John ... Mr. Burgoyne
Kathryn Givney ... Mrs. Burgoyne
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Principessa
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Storyline

Three American women, rooming together while working abroad in Rome, Italy, hope for romance and marriage. Frances, oldest of the three, has been fifteen years a secretary to novelist John Frederick Shadwell, a man whom she loves but whose reclusive nature prompts most people to believe him long since dead. Anita, one week away from returning to America (under the claim of getting married), finally bucks company rules (and gets caught) by finally accepting an invitation from an Italian co-worker to visit his family's farm for his sister's wedding. Newly arrived Maria soon sets her generally innocent eyes on Dino di Cessi, an actual prince with a reputation for womanizing, and makes a play for him by making herself his perfect match. Written by statmanjeff

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You've Never Lived Until You've Loved in Rome! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

Although the movie title refers to three coins, only two coins are actually seen thrown into the fountain. The third is reportedly, thrown in by Giorgio. See more »

Goofs

At the farm, the large round loaf of bread can be seen to have been precut before Giogio's cousin picks it up to cut off a slice. See more »

Quotes

Prince Dino di Cessi: What does it tell you? What does it say?
Maria Williams: Well, different pictures say different things to different people.
Prince Dino di Cessi: But, the right paintings say the right things to the right people.
Maria Williams: Yes and you're so right.
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Connections

Referenced in Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo Al Factotum
(1816) (uncredited)
from "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Excerpt sung at the opera
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Fountains and magic
1 August 2008 | by val-mainwoodSee all my reviews

Lighten up, boys and girls! You must allow the director to display irony and fun in a feel-good movie in Rome not long after the fall of fascism! And how exotic it must have appeared to most of the world's population who at that time had not travelled abroad.

It does make you wonder how those secretaries could afford those glamorous clothes, and be so close to princes and movers and shakers of post-war Rome. Perhaps a gentle poke at role reversal?

One of the best tunes ever written, wonderful locations, and I don't care a damn about the Trevi fountain behaving inconsistently - that is the nature of fountains, and in Rome they are all drenched in magic!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Coins in the Fountain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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